Villanueva feels 'like a football player again'

Alejandro Villanueva's story has been well-documented.

A former U.S. Army Captain, Villanueva recently signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as a rookie free agent. The 6-foot-9 Villanueva played a number of positions at Army, including wide receiver and on the defensive line before several deployments to Afghanistan.

The Eagles are working him out as a defensive end.

As OTAs continue, Villanueva is doing all he can to prove his mettle to the Eagles' brass.

"I feel like a football player again," Villanueva told CSNPhilly.com. "I feel like I'm doing all the requirements that all the other players are doing, so I feel like I'm part of the team."

As a senior at Army in 2009, Villanueva led the team with 34 receptions, 522 yards and five touchdowns.

Villanueva hasn't played consistently on defense since his sophomore season, so it's been an adjustment.

"[Playing defense] is a lot different but the coaching has been great, so I've been able to learn from all of them,” Villanueva told CSNPhilly.com. “If they think I have a better chance of playing defensive [line], I'll play there.”

Villanueva has also been practicing on special teams, which could help cement a spot on the Eagles' roster.

"Playing football at Army is pretty special and obviously I have a lot more experience there," Villanueva said. "[Playing for the Eagles] is a different situation. At Army I played four years and was always able to contribute and now I'm just trying to make the team. Making the team [is my goal], so if they put me on all the special teams that would be the best news."